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WHITE BEAR LAKE — An effort to formally ask the Metropolitan Council to "pause" all planning for the Purple Line, formerly known as Rush Line, failed last week. 

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Those of us who love dogs know what our furry friends can do for us. They get us outside for long walks. They greet us at the door when we come home from work. Even petting your pooch for 15 minutes can lower your blood pressure by 10%. 

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With a deadly open-water season nearly in the rearview mirror, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that lakes and ponds throughout the state have started to freeze — and that where ice hasn’t formed, the water is dangerously cold. It’s up to all people to choose to…

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The Minnesota Department of Health has launched new semi-permanent COVID-19 testing sites across the Twin Cities metro due to an increased demand for testing. The former YMCA in Lino Lakes is among the sites that offer both saliva PCR testing and rapid testing. 

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SHOREVIEW — Hidden in the Shoreview Village Mall is the Sacred Grounds Coffee House, a nonprofit creative community space meant to plant seeds of understanding so that equity and healing may flourish for all.

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SHOREVIEW — A vacant dentist office that has been closed for nearly 15 years in the Shoreview Village Mall is now the home of the Overflow Community Thrift Store, a nonprofit founded by Cathy Oestreich and Cinthia Velasquez.

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The theft of catalytic converters from parked vehicles has skyrocketed in the Twin Cities region, but a new pilot program from the Minnesota Automotive Dealers Association (MADA) aims to put a stop to these unchecked crimes. 

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Blood, sweat, tears and a lot of cake mix have gone into John Lupo’s baking business over the last 44 years. As the Grandma’s Bakery owner nears his 68th birthday, he’s retiring his flour-dusted apron and calling it quits.

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Gov. Tim Walz has announced three new COVID-19 rapid testing opportunities and a new saliva polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing site to expand Minnesota’s network of community testing sites across the state.

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If you haven’t heard of subscription boxes yet, read on. Even if you have heard of them, read on because chances are good someone on your gift list will enjoy a box filled with Minnesota goodies. 

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 Editor's note: The Wall of Honor dedication has been canceled due to both staff and resident cases of COVID-19. The care facility does still plan to have a celebration internally for veterans. 

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Veterans Day, previously known as Armistice Day, as it was first called on Nov. 11, 1919, marked the first anniversary of the end of World War I, which at the time was referred to as the Great War. But the holiday didn’t begin back in 1919; in fact, establishing Veterans Day as we know it to…

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The 2021 deer season is underway, with all the tradition that comes with it. Part of that tradition, of course, is getting meat for the freezer. However, the trip that venison will take on the way to the freezer might be a little different this year.

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Receiving an “F” on a test is one of the most high-pressure things a middle schooler can experience, especially when it drastically sinks their overall grade. Under the newly implemented grading system at Sunrise Park Middle School, students will no longer receive an F letter grade for poor …

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The Read to a Dog program at Centennial Library could not have come at a better time for Golden Lake Elementary fourth grader Emily Arnett, who just lost her family dog. 

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COVID-19 booster shots are now widely available for qualifying Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a recommendation that eligible populations receive a booster shot to improve the performance of their initial vaccines. 

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ST. PAUL — A grassroots group largely responsible for pushing significant legislation through the Capitol advocacy groups is reflecting on its progress over the last nine years. 

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“Our students, staff and community members are seeing firsthand the phases of construction we talked about at length with the community in the fall of 2019. We are grateful to district residents for seeing both the need and the vision, and for supporting the bond referendum,” said Dr. Wayne …

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Following a comprehensive search and interview process, the mayor and City Council announced their selection of Lindy Crawford to serve as the next city manager for the city of White Bear Lake. Crawford will vacate her current position as city administrator/public utilities general manager f…

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The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association (MSFCA) has selected White Bear Lake Fire Chief Greg Peterson as its 2021 Fire Officer of the Year (population over 10,000).

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Summer pool days and trips to the beach may be over for the year, but the lifeguard shortage continues to affect aquatics facilities across the nation. As the months get colder, swimmers are seeking indoor facilities like the White Bear Area YMCA.

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WHITE BEAR TOWNSHIP — Stating that Water Gremlin has "taken and confirmed actions required under a 2019 court order," the attorney for the lead battery terminal manufacturer asked the judge to dismiss the case. 

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Organizing and executing a large entertainment show complete with over 270 employees, 175 of whom are actors, is no small feat, whether you’re a theater show or a haunted attraction. Rolling out the show during a pandemic is something else entirely. But the show must go on. 

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According to Minnesota law, deer are owned by the state and managed on behalf of the people of Minnesota by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Across most of the state that occurs in dozens of management units, to achieve more localized goals. However, in some places, namely the Twin…

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Ever since she was a young girl, Michelle Rose has loved performing. She continues to follow her dreams by acting, writing, producing, singing and directing her own music videos — and she’s getting recognition for her work.

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COVID-19 may be putting a damper on your Halloween plans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate at home with your furry friends. Animal Humane Society (AHS) has some tips for celebrating the holiday with your pets in mind: